The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Matthew was a tax collector going about his daily duties at his tax collector’s booth when Jesus came and called him to follow Him. During this time in Jewish history, tax collectors were looked down upon because they collected taxes for the Romans. They were considered traitors to the Jewish faith.

Matthew 9:As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. [1]

What does this call of Matthew to follow Jesus tell us about our Lord? The call of Jesus to follow does not originate with us, but with Jesus. It is the Lord who calls us. We can’t call ourselves or receive the credit for it. The Lord sees what we can become and wants all to be saved.  2 Timothy 2:3b God our Savior, 4 wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.[2]

When the Lord calls us, He calls us out of the old to the new. He called Matthew from being a tax collector to a disciple. When the Lord calls us to faith, He calls us out of darkness into the light. When we are in darkness we can’t see. When we don’t have faith in Jesus as our Savior we are in spiritual darkness. 1 Peter 2:But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. [3]

During our lifetime we can experience different callings from the Lord. A call to faith, which is the most important, or a call to go deeper in the faith. When did the Lord call you to faith? Is the Lord calling you to faith as you read this? What is the Lord calling you to do right now in the Kingdom? If you obey the Lord’s calling, how will that change your life and those around you?

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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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